Colonel Bush Jones
, with his regiment (the united Thirty-second and Fifty-eighth Alabama) and Austin
's sharpshooters, in all about three hundred men. After advancing about a mile, this detachment encountered Hooker
's (Twentieth) corps.
Having the written order of his corps commander to hold his ground after meeting the enemy, Colonel Jones
resisted resolutely the attack of the overwhelming Federal forces.
But, after a gallant1
fight, he was, of course, driven back to his division-Stewart's.
An hour and a half before sunset, a brisk cannonade was opened upon Hood
's centre division, Stewart
's, opposite to New Hope Church. Major-General Stewart
regarding this as the harbinger of assault, leaped upon his horse and rode along his line, to instruct the officers and encourage the men. He soon found the latter to be superfluous, from the confident tone in which he was addressed by his soldiers, and urged by them to lay aside all anxiety, and trust, for success, to their courage.
Such pledges were well redeemed.
The enemy soon appeared-Hooker's corps — in so deep order that it presented a front equal only to that of Stewart
's first line-three brigades.
After opening their fire, the Federal
troops approached gradually but resolutely, under the fire of three brigades and sixteen field-pieces, until within fifty paces of the Confederate
Here, however, they were compelled first to.pause, and then to fall back, by the obstinate resistance they encountered.